New Design Lightweight Large Format Film Camera System

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First Production Prototype - C812

That's C Eight Twelve, referring to the film size in inches.

Other sizes to follow

This is a new design, multiple format, lightweight field camera system which uses lightweight film holders in a new dedicated back. It's simple and intuitive to set up and operate, it has a new indexed focusing system, and front tilt and swing can be controlled from behind the focusing screen, if required. Multiple tripod mounting points allow it to be used with a lightweight tripod system.

This Multiple Format 8x12 will be built and tested within the next few months. I expect to learn a lot from it- specifically, this is a production prototype which builds on lessons learned from the 'proof of concept' C1117 prototype which you can read about here on the design pages. I hope to be able to build these in the USA, in small batches.

In the world of large format photography, few cameras deviate very far from the accepted types. The last time there was a paradigm shift was when Dick Phillips designed and produced the Explorer, a camera which has often been copied and which is highly prized by collectors.

This camera system will be a truly groundbreaking design, in terms of its usability and lightness, and in its execution, build quality, and handling, and should be of interest to those who expect to use a large format camera any further than a few feet from the trunk of their car.

In short, my intention is to make the very best large format field camera ever built, in sizes 8x10 and over. 5x7 and 4x5 may come later. Of course, the user will be the judge of whether the camera is successful (or not) in that aim but I need to state my level of ambition for it at the outset.

The process of making pictures using cameras and lenses this large is not an easy one, it requires commitment. Those who persevere find it rewarding.

This is a Large Format Field Camera re-imagined for now, an interpretation of how the design of the large format camera might have developed had it not been passed over by the inevitable march of progress and convenience.

You will not be surprised to hear that I expect the quantity of cameras produced will be very limited; please use the contact page on this site if you would like to be kept informed about availability.

joseph burns | New York | 2015

The realisation ot this project would have been impossible without the combined wisdom of many large format photographers, particularly those who have contributed to the Large Format Photographic Forum. To all those who ever offered an opinion about the design or operation of the larger camera -

I’ve probably read it, taken it on board, and used it to inform the design of these cameras. I thank you…

The design pages of this site are written with reference to the first prototype, the C1117. The production prototype has been completely revised in every detail. It does not share a single component with the C1117. The philosophy behind it remains unchanged, however, apart from the shift in emphasis to a lighter weight system.

More information about the C812 Here

" The film holders, of course, are at the centre of the system. They amount to my own re-invention of the wheel, an activity frowned upon by any right-thinking individual."

Enquiries and discussion are welcome ...

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